I was thinking about these little art journaling rules of mine the other day. In fact, they were written a few years ago for a little art journaling class I offered online. I thought they were very fitting then and think they still are now so I updated them a little and decided to share them with you today.

Take from them what you will…

Art Journaling Rules (According to Barb)

1.  Never, and I mean NEVER, compare your art to any one else’s art. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to create just like anyone else but remember, in turn, no one else on earth will ever be able to create just like you.


2.  Allow yourself to make mistakes and no beating yourself up over any of those mistakes, either. No one is perfect or creates anything that is perfect. You can stop trying to be the first. It’ll never happen.

3.  Don’t be afraid to get messy. Sometimes messes can bring about some of the most interesting results. Let go and have fun like you did when you were a kid. Really.


4.  Don’t ever create any piece of art for your audience. This is especially true in your art journal. These pages are meant to be your place of learning, experimenting, letting go, and being completely your true self so don’t mess that up by trying to please anyone but yourself.

5.  Don’t think too much. Trust your intuition; it won’t lead you astray.


6.  Don’t plan your art out. Instead, let it flow from you and through you…and trust me, it will flow if you give it a chance.

7.  Don’t think you have to use every single technique you come across in order to be a good artist. Find the few that really speak to you and make you feel excited and “in the zone” then work on perfecting those few. Your art will benefit from this way of thinking and creating.

8.  Just like playing the piano or shooting basketball, art improves with practice. Like everything else, you have to put in the time if you want to see the results.

From the great beyond

9. Develop a routine, one that encompasses playing (because your journal is play, not work) in your art journal every single day, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes. As much as everyone else in your life gets your time, you also deserve your own time. (But if you miss a day, a week or a month, don’t fret over it…just pick it back up and play.)

10. Relax. Remember, this isn’t brain surgery so don’t go stressing over it like it is.

Use these Art Journaling Rules

I hope that you each get a little something from my art journaling rules. I encourage you to print them out and use them as a reminder for yourself the next time you start stressing out over your art/art journal.

Life is good.

Yes, it is.

I will be back soon with more of the good stuff. Until then, work that creative muscle of yours every day.

peace & love,

PS. All the artwork contained here is mine. Just thought I’d let y’all know.

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